When bunions begin to interfere with your life, it may be time to consider surgery. The podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler, DPM, & Associates in New York City, NY, perform bunion surgery and diagnose and treat conditions that affect the feet and ankles.
Should I consider bunion surgery?
Bunion surgery is recommended if conservative treatment doesn't ease your pain. Although orthotics, taping your feet and buying roomier shoes can be helpful, these measures won't eliminate the bunion and may not completely relieve your painful symptoms.
Your foot doctor may suggest surgery if your bunion prevents you from carrying out your usual daily activities. If you've stopped exercising, avoid doing anything that involves walking and spend too much time thinking about your pain, it may be time to consider bunion surgery.
Bunion surgery may also be helpful if your bunion is getting larger and more painful, you can't move your toe, or your condition has begun to cause pain in other parts of your body. For example, if you change the way you walk due to pain in your foot, you might experience knee, hip or back pain.
How will bunion surgery help me?
During surgery, your New York City, NY, podiatrist will realign the joint, remove excess tissue, and repair tendons and ligaments. If portions of bone are removed during surgery, your procedure may also involve attaching pins, screws or metal plates to bones. In some cases, your foot doctor may recommend fusing the bones in your toe or mid-foot.
What happens after bunion surgery?
Bunion surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. After you're released from the recovery room, you'll need to take it easy at home. You may wear a boot and use crutches for a few weeks, depending on the type of surgery. A foot brace and special shoes will help keep your joint in the best position for healing in the weeks following your procedure. Most people can resume driving after about six weeks, although it will take about two months until you can resume your normal activities. Your foot doctor may recommend physical therapy to strengthen your foot and ankle muscles and improve range of motion.
Bunion surgery offers an effective option if the quality of your life has declined due to your bunions. Call the podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler, DPM, & Associates in New York City, NY, at (212) 628-4444 to schedule an appointment.